I think one of the main difference between published writers and unpublished writers is the idea of inspiration. Sure, published writers still would love to be struck with a bolt out of the blue of a book that appears fully formed inside their head, a la Athena, but most published writers soldier on despite the lack of inspiration. Or the have inspiration, but it’s mostly known as deadlines or editors or, most important, a paycheck.
A lot of unpublished (and unknowing writers) sit around waiting for inspiration to strike. Screw that. Your muse is a fickle bitch. If you desperately cannot write without her, then go hunt her down, tie her to the chair next to you and get to work. Because the publishing world (slow as it may chug along), waits for no muse.
So get back to work.
The tricky part comes when you have the inspiration and the lack of time to make it happen. I still don’t feel that sorry for you, whiny person – Make time. Don’t worry, this advice is mostly directed at myself, these days. Yeah, you’re busy. Yeah, you have a family that you occasionally want to see. So what? Not every minute of every day is filled, I guarantee it. Those two minutes you sneak in solitaire at work? Write instead. That bathroom break (the most blissful 2 minutes of alone time you get all day)? Take your phone in there and type on that stupid tiny keyboard.
Make it happen. Forget inspiration. Move on.
Skye became the black sheep of her university’s literature department when she announced that what she really wanted to do for her senior thesis, instead of writing a thought-provoking essay on the deeper meanings of James Joyce, was to write a romance novel. They gave in, however, and the rest is history. As a result, Skye learned more than she ever thought possible about the inner workings of the publishing industry and off and on, given her schedule, pursued publication of both her senior thesis and other novels she’s written along the way.
Skye has many names and almost as many personalities to go with them. As Melinda Skye, she writes Romantic Suspense, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult. As Skye Forbes, she may (or may not) have saved the world a few times over. In her real life, under another different name, Skye is a lawyer. And yes, if you ask nicely, she might help keep you out of jail. Or put you in it. It depends on her mood.
Skye lives in California, with her husband, brand new daughter, and menagerie of animals.